Dear Fellow Reader,
As you may know if you follow this blog, I seem to go in reading spurts. As can happen sometimes, I read so many books that I forget to tell you about some of them.
I seem to be in that position. I read a book a few months ago and never reviewed it. In a way, this is good news for those of you who like to read series. It seems that since I waited there is one more book with two others on the way.
So let’s start with the author. The author’s name is Marty Wingate. She is an avid gardener from the Seattle area. She had speaks on gardening and leads tours in Europe. She has several gardening books along with three cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her either on her web site or her Amazon author page .
She has two series of cozy mysteries. The first series is the Potting Shed Mystery series. This series starts with the book, The Garden Plot and it is followed by The Red Book of Primrose House. Now, I have not read The Garden Plot. I started with The Red Book of Primrose House. I think that you would have more background if you started with The Garden Plot but I will say that you don’t have to have that background to figure out what is going on in the story. For you purists, I would start with The Garden Plot. Besides, you will have more in the series to read that way! The main character is Pru Parke. Pru is from Texas. Pru’s beloved dead mother came from England and without any relatives in the United States, Pru had a feeling that she should live in England. She went to school for horticulture and longs to work as a head gardener in England.
Now, in case you think that because you could care less about gardening that you should skip these books, I would say that I am not particularly a gardener (or at all) and I found the books interesting. Yes, there is information about gardens but not so much that you would get lost or bored. It may be that if you were a gardener that you would appreciate parts more than I did but I would not let the gardening aspect throw you off.
Pru is not an intentional sleuth. She does not go looking for bodies nor does she know much about how to solve a crime. Pru does find a love interest in the books and as can be part of a cozy mystery, she may meet him while working out the “who done it.”
The third book in the series, Between a Rock and a Hard Place will be released August 4, 2015. In this book, Pru contemplates marriage while working at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. She is on a short term assignment to authenticate a journal. Her reception at the Royal Botanic Garden is not exactly what she would have expected.
The second series from Ms. Wingate are the Birds of a Feather mysteries. The first book of this series was released this week. This second series also takes place in England. The first book, The Rhyme of the Magpie, introduces us to Julia Lanchester. Julia’s father is a famous ornithologist (he studies birds). When her father disappears, Julia feels the need to try and find him if only to clear his name of a murder. I see that there is a second book in the series that will be released on December 1, 2015.
The books are available on the Kindle from Amazon for $2.99. If you don’t have the Kindle app on your phone, tablet, or desktop; you can download it by clicking on the picture below.
I think you will enjoy these cozy mysteries.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. In the realm of things that can happen, I can make money from you buying the books by clicking on the pictures of the books in this post. Has it happened yet? No. So, please don’t think I review books to make money. If that were the case, I would have starved. I just put them there mostly for your convenience.